According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Live (h/t Cageside Seats), new Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman will continue to use Goldberg in a Bruno Sammartino-like role. That means we'll see Goldberg continue to wrestle past SummerSlam, meaning the end of his legendary in-ring career is far from over.
Meltzer compared Golberg to Sammartino in the sense that the latter would return "twice a year at the end of his career." This worked nicely because Sammartino was a well-respected wrestling legend, and fans were still ecstatic to see him compete. It's the same case with Goldberg, whom Meltzer suggests could go "for a couple more years," since "he looks the part."
Many thought Goldberg would be done after his match against The Undertaker at Super ShowDown back in June. There were numerous botches throughout the match, including an instance where Goldberg dropped Undertaker on top of himself after trying to execute a Tombstone Piledriver. Worse yet, Goldberg suffered a concussion after crashing headfirst into the ring post.
But the 2018 Hall of Fame expressed his desire to "erase the feeling" from that match. And sure enough, Goldberg will get the chance to do so when he faces Ziggler at SummerSlam in Toronto.
Sunday will mark just the second match for Goldberg since his WrestleMania 33 loss to Brock Lesnar two years ago. Though the Ziggler match was only announced this week, one has to believe WWE and Goldberg spent ample time preparing for this bout, in order to avoid a repeat of the disappointing match vs. Undertaker.
What This Means
Goldberg has kept himself in excellent shape, and since his matches tend to only last a couple of minutes, it's easy to understand why Heyman and co. will keep him around longer. Goldberg doesn't have to overdo things in the ring, so he can easily wrestle for several more years - just like Undertaker.